Country: Scotland
Type: Blended Malt
Bottler: Compass Box Whisky Company
ABV: 48.9%
Score: 93 points

Compass Box No Name. Image courtesy Compass Box. When you’ve already bottled the “Peat Monster,” what do you do for a name when an even peatier whisky comes along? That’s the dilemma John Glaser and the Compass Box team had with this whisky, which includes some Ardbeg casks that Compass Box acquired but ruled out using for the Peat Monster. They settled on “No Name” – but this whisky is anything but anonymous.

The nose has notes of campfire smoke, creosote, and iodine along with dried leaves, heather, and a hint of seaweed. The taste has great peatiness and smoke balanced well by grilled pineapple, black cherries, soft spices, and a touch of oak. Those same notes last through the long, smoky finish. Excellent! (November, 2017)